Aalto Inspired Tea Cart #5: Making progress ... I think

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Blog entry by bfd posted 08-06-2008 06:25 AM 2110 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So here is a quick update of where I am at. I have been busy building the upper and lower tray as well as figuring out the wheel connection.

here are the two tray bottoms veneered



I cut box joints for the tray sides.

I then biscuit joint the sides to the bottom. I place two sides in the vise at a time to create a more stable surface.



Here is the lower tray assembled


and the upper tray which I tiled with 1” square mosaic glass tile

I then turn my attention back to the wheel assembly. After playing around with a few designs and consulting a friend I decide to go this route. Here is the assembly dry fitted. Next step will be to cut a curve on the stretcher to lighten the mass. You can see the mdf template that I will use in the background. Note in the photo I have left the 5/8 dowel long until I do the actual glue up. You can see the bearings I am using to give the wheels a very smooth ride. I made the wood washers from 1/2” stock using my drill press. I cut the circle using a 2-1/4” hole saw and then use a forstner bit to drill out the hole. Over engineered perhaps but I want this thing to be solid under the weight.


And here is the wheel assembly with the lower tray to give you an idea of what this starts to look like. The assembly is being temporarily supported in the back.


and from another angle


I am now more then half way through my hours at this point having spent about 25 hours to date (not including the time I spend scratching my head. I am adopting the motto slow and steady wins the race.

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#1 posted 08-06-2008 01:22 PM

looks great can’t wait to see the end result.

-- What can i say i'm just doing what i love.

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#2 posted 08-06-2008 01:33 PM

So far so good! Keep us posted on the progress.

-- Bill, Florida

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#3 posted 08-06-2008 03:44 PM

Looks great Brian. Is that a finger joint jig? If so can it do variable spacing? I just got done doing some variably spaced finger joints for drawer fronts on my project and I’m looking for a better way to do them.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#4 posted 08-06-2008 04:01 PM

Looks like progress to me, nice job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 08-06-2008 04:56 PM

Thanks everyone,


I purchased the Woodsmith Jig at Rockler but Woodcraft also carries it. It has a two part pin that you can adjust to the width of the blade ie width of spacing but it might be a bit cumbersome process.

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#6 posted 08-06-2008 05:52 PM

wow…this is really coming along!!! cant wait to see the end result…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 08-07-2008 01:19 AM

That is slick. I don’t know why I haven’t been following this, but I will now. Very nice work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 08-07-2008 01:30 AM

Hi Jarrod,

So far I haven’t experienced any issues with the QS ash veneer. I willl have to check out the website to see what Neil said.

Thanks Russel!

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#9 posted 08-09-2008 07:30 AM

Looking good! The trays look great! As does the axle assembly…

I can’t recall what the final wheels are going to be…can you tell me more about that…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 08-09-2008 07:57 AM

Hi Dorje,

Thanks, the wheels are 14”DIA and made of MDF They will be sealed primed and receive a white lacquer finish so that they complement the white tile.

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#11 posted 08-09-2008 09:04 AM

Got it…thanks…keep it up…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 08-09-2008 09:23 PM

Thanks Brian, I guess I’ll just keep making them the old fashion way or go buy one of those incra jigs.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#13 posted 08-09-2008 09:33 PM

Looking good, keep us up to date!

Thanks for the post


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#14 posted 08-10-2008 10:05 PM

looks great.nice job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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